Tag:Harvard
Posted on: September 27, 2011 5:01 pm
Edited on: September 27, 2011 5:21 pm
 

Harvard gets another one in Siyani Chambers

By Jeff Borzello

It’s been two days since Harvard’s big recruiting weekend, and the Crimson have now picked up two commitments.

Siyani Chambers committed to Harvard on Tuesday afternoon, a source told CBSSports.com.

"I felt that it was the right fit for me and I got along with the players and coaches really well," Chambers said. "Also, they have great academics." 

His decision comes only one day after Georgia big man Mike Hall picked the Crimson over plenty of high-major programs. Chambers was no different – major-conference teams from Washington State to Nebraska to Georgia Tech were interested in him. The finalists for his services, though, were UC Davis and UC Santa Barbara.

Chambers, a 5-foot-11 prospect from Hopkins (Minn.), is a pure point guard. The lefty knows how to find teammates in transition or in a half-court setting and is a very solid passer. Chambers can get into the lane to create opportunities for himself or teammates, and he has quick hands defensively.

"I feel that I can help lead and provide energy to and for the team," Chambers said. 

In addition to Chambers and Hall, Harvard also owns a commitment from Northfield Mount Hermon (Mass.) product Evan Cummins.

Photo: Recruiting Planet

Posted on: September 26, 2011 10:35 pm
 

Mike Hall heads to the Ivy League, picks Harvard

By Jeff Borzello

Only one night removed Harvard’s biggest recruiting weekend ever, the Crimson’s hard work has already paid off.

Mike Hall, an improving big man from Woodward Academy (Ga.), committed to Tommy Amaker’s program on Monday night, according to a source.

Hall visited Harvard’s campus this past weekend, along with several other high-major prospects in 2012 and 2013. He had offers from Florida State, California, Mississippi, Oklahoma State, George Mason and several mid-major programs. Academics were always a high priority for Hall, who scored a 29 on his ACT and holds a 3.5 GPA.

While still raw, the 6-foot-10 Hall has the tools to be a potential stud in the Ivy League. He is long and athletic, and uses both effectively on the defensive end. He needs to add weight and get tougher, but he’s not afraid to mix it up on the glass. Once he irons out the wrinkles, he will be very good down the line.

Hall joins Evan Cummins in Harvard’s 2012 class.

Posted on: August 17, 2011 12:18 pm
 

Brannen Greene begins the recruiting process

By Jeff Borzello

Given his 6-foot-6 size and versatile shooting ability, it was only a matter of time before Brannen Greene truly blew up.

Greene, a scoring wing from Mary Persons (Ga.), took his game to a new level in the spring and summer, catapulting into potential five-star status in the class of 2013.

“I thought I played some really good ball,” Greene said. “I just enjoyed myself and played hard. It feels great and it makes me want to work that much harder.”

Greene is ranked No. 16 in the latest CBSSports.com Top 100, due to his ability to knock down shots from behind the arc and create matchup problems for most defenders. While he needs to move better without the ball, Greene has a smoothness about his game that is impressive.

Prior to the summer, Greene had offers from plenty of schools in the South, but his recruitment certainly picked up in the summer.

“I just had regional high-majors on me before,” he said. “Now I have just about everybody from the West Coast to the East Coast.”

Greene now holds offers from Georgia Tech, Connecticut, Florida, Florida State, Alabama, Marquette, UCLA, Kansas, Ohio State, Louisville, North Carolina State, Memphis, Tennessee, Georgia and others. There are no favorites at this point, although Greene plans to start going through the process in November.

“I’m considering anybody and everybody, but I’m looking to slim down my list pretty quickly so they better jump in,” he said.

Right now, Greene has unofficial visits planned to Florida (August 27), Harvard (September 20) and Kansas (Midnight Madness).

He briefly discussed what he likes about each school on the visit list.

Florida: “I like Florida’s style of play, coaching staff and proximity to home.

Kansas: ”I like Kansas’ tradition and coaching staff.”

Harvard: “The academics and the opportunities I have outside of basketball.”

Overall, Greene – an excellent student in the classroom – is looking both on and off the court when he chooses his future destination.

“Just the opportunity to get better physically and also get a great education,” he said.

Photo: Recruiting Spotlight

Posted on: August 3, 2011 5:05 pm
Edited on: August 3, 2011 5:07 pm
 

Zena Edosomwan's focus turns towards recruiting

By Jeff Borzello

Zena Edosomwan was one of the fastest-rising players on the spring and summer AAU circuit.

Despite the attention it has brought him, Edosomwan is glad that the grind is finally over.

“I’m just happy I’m done with AAU because it’s crazy,” he said. “You play so many games in such a short period.”

Edosomwan, a 6-foot-7 power forward from Harvard-Westlake (Calif.), made an impression in the spring and then solidified his standing by holding his own against the cream of the crop. He runs the floor well and is excellent at finishing in transition. Edosomwan is willing to do the dirty work in the paint, but is athletic and skilled enough to make plays on the glass and above the rim.

The next step for him will be recruiting, which has heated up in a major way lately.

“It’s going really well,” Edosomwan said. “I just have to cut down my list soon.”

He picked up offers in the past couple of days from UNLV, California and Wake Forest, adding to a collection that also includes Harvard, Georgia Tech, Washington State, USC, Colorado, Utah, Oregon, Maryland, Gonzaga and Arizona State. Edosomwan, who ranks No. 68 in CBSSports.com's Top 100 and also holds a 3.4 GPA, has strong interest from UCLA, Texas, Vanderbilt, Washington and Virginia Tech.

While Edosomwan has taken visits to UCLA and USC, he is not ready to make a decision about his future just yet.

“I’m going to enjoy the visits and the whole process,” he said.

Edosomwan has certainly earned a break.

Photo: LA Daily News

Posted on: July 28, 2011 4:31 pm
 

Christian Sanders stands out from most prospects

By Jeff Borzello

ORLANDO, Fla. – It took barely three minutes to figure out Christian Sanders is not your normal high-major prospect.

During interviews, the majority of high-major prospects discuss playing time and winning at the next level. Sanders, on the other hand, didn’t mention either.

“I’m looking for a coaching staff with integrity,” Sanders said. “And good academics.”

And you believe him about both – he has a 3.5 GPA, great test scores and plans to go into business.

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Sanders, a 6-foot-3 shooting guard from Saint Thomas (Tex.), played a major role in the Houston Defenders winning the AAU Super Showcase championship. He is a knockdown shooter who is also highly effective pulling up in the mid-range after a pump-fake and dribble. Sanders has a high basketball IQ, knows how to handle the ball and has good vision.

“I shot the ball well early, struggled a bit lately,” he said. “But my goal is to win. If we win, we all get what we want or what we need.”

Playing with the Harrison twins, Shaq Cleare and Derrick Griffin has undoubtedly helped his stock – and Sanders isn’t afraid to admit it.

“It forced me to raise my level of play,” he said.

In terms of recruiting, Sanders has offers from Maryland, Texas, Oklahoma State, Harvard and Colorado, with Stanford and Kansas on him as well.

Whichever school gets him better get prepared for an atypical player and person – in a good way.

Posted on: July 19, 2011 10:51 am
 

Nigel Williams-Goss waits his turn

By Jeff Borzello

After playing alongside incoming Arizona freshman Nick Johnson last year, Nigel Williams-Goss knows his time to shine is coming up.

“We’ve had great players in the past, and I think I played well last year,” Williams-Goss said. “I wouldn’t say I was overshadowed. I’ll have my chance this year.”

Williams-Goss, a 6-foot-2 guard from Findlay Prep (Nev.), committed to UNLV last December, but decided to open up his recruitment after head coach Lon Kruger left the desert to go to Oklahoma.

With Dave Rice coming on board, Williams-Goss said the Runnin’ Rebels are still under consideration.

“They’re definitely in there,” he said.

The talented lead guard has good size for his position and is also adept at finding teammates in areas where they can score. He has good basketball IQ for someone his age, and uses his strength to finish through contact at the rim.

Williams-Goss ranked No. 48 in CBSSports.com’s 2013 rankings, but he is sure to move up when they are updated in August.

“I’ve been playing pretty good, but there’s always room for improvement,” he said.

In addition to UNLV, Williams-Goss said Washington is also in heavy pursuit. He is hearing from Oklahoma, Miami (Fl.), Georgia Tech, Harvard, Saint Mary’s and the entire Pac-12 besides California and Stanford.

Williams-Goss will likely take his time with his second college decision.

“Definitely, I have to be there for four years,” he said.

Photo: MaxPreps

Posted on: June 21, 2011 7:29 pm
 

Zena Edosomwan excels on and off the court

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By Jeff Borzello

CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – It doesn’t take long to notice Zena Edosomwan is not your average high school basketball recruit.

First, he attends Harvard-Westlake (Calif.), a high school that two people have said has the most rigid academic standards “west of the Mississippi.” He holds a 3.4 GPA at that school and has nearly every Ivy League school on his tail.

Then, Edosomwan begins speaking. Aside from the fact he is one of the more well-spoken recruits in the country, his mindset is different than most top-100 recruits.

“People say college is not a four-year decision, it’s a 40-year decision,” Edosomwan said. “That’s how it is for me.”

Yes, a 40-year decision. Not one year and the NBA, not two years and then go pro – 40 years.

With the way he has been playing, though, basketball could certainly be in Edosomwan’s future.

“I worked a lot harder, was focused on getting better,” he said. “I started becoming more competitive.”

At the NBPA Top 100 camp in Virginia last week, the 6-foot-7 power forward more than held his own against higher-rated players. Edosomwan runs the floor exceptionally well and knows how to finish in transition. He has good hands and uses his length and athleticism to make plays above the rim. Given his strong frame, Edosomwan also has the ability to get position in the paint and score.

He went into the camp with the goal of hanging with the top of the class.

“I want to show I can compete with the best players,” Edosomwan said. “It’s the perfect place to do that, with players that are taller and more athletic than me.”

More and more colleges are beginning to notice the student-athlete on the court, as Edosomwan mentioned Harvard, Georgia Tech, Washington, Washington State, UCLA, USC and Virginia Tech.

He took an unofficial visit to UCLA last Monday.

“It was great,” Edosomwan said. “The tradition there is unbelievable, with [John] Wooden and everything he did.”

There doesn’t seem to be much of a timetable for his decision – Edosomwan is focused on his game.

“I just want to keep getting better,” he said. “It’s my time to prove that I can play.”

Photo: Harvard-Westlake

 
 
 
 
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